Medieval Blacksmith Coming Soon

A year ago, the review results for the second round of 2019 10k sets came in from LEGO® Ideas. Two sets made the cut. Now, we get an official look at the first. The Medieval Blacksmith is coming soon! Additionally, the set looks amazing. The fanboy in me was squealing at the sight of Black Falcon Knights. My first LEGO® set was Black Falcon’s Fortress (6074).

The Medieval Blacksmith is the brainchild of fan designer Clemens Fiedler. You can see the original concept on the LEGO® Ideas page. The official LEGO® set got the official makeover by designers Wes Talbott and Austin Carlson. The press release describes the set as follows:

True to the era, the LEGO® Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set includes bold period design features from the timber framed walls to the gothic lattice windows, providing much intrigue and interest to fans of medieval architecture.

The LEGO® Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set is positioned in enchanting grounds, featuring a well-stocked cottage-style garden complete with squash patch and a gnarly apple tree, while the brickwork is tinged with moss for added realism. 

The inside is set over three separate floors which are fully furnished and equipped with everything a medieval blacksmith would need. Interior items include stocks of raw materials, coal to keep the furnace hot, and a bellows complete with lightbrick to make the coals glow. The roof and top two levels can be removed for easy viewing of the inside.

The Medieval Blacksmith is three floors full of brick-built details.

Incidentally, images of the set leaked online not long ago, as they tend to do these days. There was a lot of commentary about how much the set changed from the fan model. I see the changes too, but I am not disappointed by them. As fans, we often build hyper-detailed MOCs that do not necessarily exhibit efficient brick-use. Nor are those MOCs necessarily cost-efficient to produce as actual LEGO® sets. Fan designs often include rare pieces, hard-to-find colors, too many bricks, etc. Consequently, the Medieval Blacksmith is different from the fan design. However, it is still recognizable as such. Additionally, while it lost details in some places, it gained in others.

Original fan concept for the Medieval Blacksmith, ©2021 The LEGO Group.

In terms of set details, fans can expect:

  • NAME: Medieval Blacksmith
  • SET #: 21325
  • THEME: Ideas
  • COST: $199.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 2164
  • MINIFIGURES: 4
  • OF INTEREST: the set includes a horse, a dog, and a frog.
  • RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.092 (excellent value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 431:1 (not great, needs more figurines.)
Medieval Blacksmith coming soon from LEGO Ideas.
Photo used with permission. ©2021 The LEGO Group.

The Medieval Blacksmith is coming soon, and it certainly made my wish list. Additionally, it comes with Black Falcon Knights. The original knights appeared between 1984 and 1988, with one special edition re-issue in 2002. Therefore, it has been almost 20 years since we last saw this faction. This set comes with a lot of nostalgic value for me. I cannot wait to get one. What are your thoughts? Comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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